Zion – Rock For Eternity – 1984

Zion formed in 1981 in Sioux Falls, SD which is pretty early in the Christian Metal scene. This is technically their 2nd demo as they actually released a 2 track demo in 1982. But really this is the Demo that most people have heard about. Though they would become better known for metal this album is actually hard rock and it is very good. The production is actually pretty good too which is rare for demo’s of this era. We get a good introduction to Rex Scott’s later work with X-Sinner with the track “Jesus Loves” which is by far the best track on the demo. I apologize that the quality of our upload is not very good but I really wanted this one uploaded.

Tracklist
1 – Rock For Eternity – 6:38
2 – Your Love – 7:28
3 – Jesus Loves – 5:01
4 – Full Of Fire – 4:28
5 – You Need Jesus – 6:05
6 – Joy Of The Lord – 4:21
7 – Discontented Man – 4:48
8 – One Solitary Life – 4:11
9 – Time Is Running Out – 6:52
10 – Never Had The Chance – 5:17

Credits
Rex Scott – lead vocals, drums and guitar.
Bruce Fischer – vocals, guitar
Dave Moore – vocals, guitar
Greg Sauer – vocals, bass
Tom Bozung – drums

Denny Correll – Something I Believe In – 1982

This is Denny’s third solo album and his best so far. While it definitely leans easy listening there are a couple pretty good pop tunes also. The whole album has a bit of a funk feel which works very nicely with his vocals. Unfortunately the album didn’t do well on the CCM charts which is yet another mystery of the 80’s as there are at least 2 top 40 quality songs on this album. The album cover features him getting in a cab. Is it just me or were there a lot of albums in the 80’s with Taxi’s on the cover? Anyway this is a good album that deserves a listen.

Tracklist
1 – Wake Up Everybody – 3:58
2 – Too Many Lonely People – 4:05
3 – Keepin’ My Eyes On You – 3:33
4 – Eternally (The Wedding Song) – 3:36
5 – You Can Depend On Jesus – 3:41
6 – Your Love – 3:34
7 – The Promise – 3:26
8 – Jesus Is Everywhere – 4:57
9 – Goin’ Up – 3:32
10 – Changin’ My Heart – 4:48

Credits
Arranged By [Horn Arrangements] – Bruce Miller
Arranged By [Rhythm Arrangements] – Hadley Hockensmith
Art Direction – Paul Gross
Backing Vocals – Howard McCrary, Linda McCrary, Phyllis St. James
Bass – Abraham Laboriel
Drums – Bill Maxwell
Engineer – Willie Harlan
Engineer [Assistant] – Brook Johnson
Engineer [Horns] – Peter Haden
Guitar – David Williams, Dean Parks, Eric Turner, Hadley Hockensmith
Guitar [Solos] – Hadley Hockensmith
Layout [Sleeve] – Dennis Hill
Mastered By – Bruce Leek
Other [Taxi Driver] – Arnold Johnson
Percussion – Alex Acuña, Bill Maxwell, Daryl Burch
Photography By – Sam Emerson
Producer – Bill Maxwell
Synthesizer – Tom Keene
Trombone – Bob Payne
Trumpet – Chuck Findley, Gary Grant, Walt Johnson
Woodwind – John Mitchell, Justo Almario

Companies, etc.
Phonographic Copyright ℗ – Word, Inc. – 1982
Copyright © – Word, Inc. – 1982
Pressed By – Monarch Record Mfg. Co.
Recorded At – International Automated Media
Recorded At – Paramount Recording Studios
Mixed At – International Automated Media
Mastered At – International Automated Media

Evie – A Little Song Of Joy For My Little Friends – 1978

Sometimes the hardest part of what we so here is doing these little reviews of these albums. Take this album for example. Evie does a children’s album. That’s about all their is to say. It’s not bad, it’s just a children’s album and it’s a little hard to get excited about that. I checked all the contributing musicians and it’s an excellent collection of quality Studio musicians but no one really notable so nothing there to talk about. Anyway so here it is the best children’s album Evie ever did.

Tracklist
1 – Step Into The Sunshine – 3:09
2 – Why Complain – 2:16
3 – Tree Song – 2:57
4 – His Will – 1:31
5 – All Day Song – 3:10
6 – I Am Safe – 1:15
7 – Jesus I Believe What You Said – 3:23
8 – It’s Not Just A Story – 2:06
9 – Will The Circle Be Unbroken? & This Little Light Of Mine – 2:50
10 – Creature Praise – 2:46
11 – Into My Heart – 3:35

Credits
Backing Vocals – Becki Byrd, Catherine Snider, Gwenn Robertson, Karen Robertson, Laura Warren, Lee Warren
Bass – Jack Williams
Drums – Bill Harris, Jerry Carrigan
Flute, Saxophone – Billy Puett
Guitar – Billy Sandford*, Jerry Shook, Pete Bordonali, Weldon Myrick
Harmonica – Charlie McCoy
Keyboards – Kjell Ohman, Randy Goodrum
Percussion – Farrell Morris

Companies, etc.
Phonographic Copyright ℗ – Word, Inc.
Recorded At – The Sound Lab, Nashville
Remixed At – Europa Film

Wanda Jackson – Closer To Jesus – 1977

50’s Rocker Wanda Jackson is back with her 6th Christian album and her 26th album overall. Yes this is her 26th album. Now she may have been a rocker in the 50’s but she certainly mellowed out by the 70’s and in fact this album would be best described as country but you can still hear hints of her great work in the 50’s. As good as this album was again she missed out on having a charting CCM single. In fact she never had a charting CCM single. For the life of me I am completely bewildered at this and there had to be some politics involved as her music was for the main part exactly what CCM was looking for. Now if this album doesn’t really appeal to you hang in there because she soon actually did a few more Rockabilly albums and we will be highlighting them soon.

Tracklist
1 – Where I’m Going – 3:13
2 – The World Didn’t Give It To Me – 3:03
3 – The Carpenter’s Son – 3:21
4 – Grandma Sang Off Key – 2:48
5 – He Was There All The Time – 3:24
6 – Closer To Jesus – 3:19
7 – Learning To Lean – 3:51
8 – Gaither Praise Medley – 2:29
9 – Walkin’ In The Spirit – 2:28
10 – He’s Been Through It Too – 3:39